If Only Bin Laden Had a
Stained Blue Dress...
| If you wonder why it took 50 years to get the truth about Joe McCarthy, consider
the fanatical campaign of the Clinton acolytes to kill an ABC movie that relies
on the 9/11 Commission Report, which whitewashed only 90 percent of Clinton's
cowardice and incompetence in the face of terrorism, rather than 100 percent.
Islamic jihadists attacked America year after year throughout the Clinton
administration. They did everything but blow up his proverbial "bridge to the
21st century." Every year but one, Clinton found an excuse not to fight
The first month Clinton was in office, Islamic terrorists with suspected
links to al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein bombed the World Trade Center.
For the first time ever, a terrorist act against America was treated not as a
matter of national security, but exclusively as a simple criminal offense. The
individual bombers were tried in a criminal court. (The one plotter who got away
fled to Iraq, that peaceful haven of kite-flying children until Bush invaded and
turned it into a nation of dangerous lunatics.)
In 1995 and 1996, various branches of the Religion of Peace -- al-Qaida,
Hezbollah and the Iranian "Party of God" -- staged car bomb attacks on American
servicemen in Saudi Arabia, killing 24 members of our military in all. Each
time, the Clinton administration came up with an excuse to do nothing.
Despite the Democrats' current claim that only the capture of Osama bin Laden
will magically end terrorism forever, Clinton turned down Sudan's offer to hand
us bin Laden in 1996. That year, Mohammed Atta proposed the 9/11 attack to bin
Clinton refused the handover of ...
bin Laden because -- he said in taped remarks on Feb. 15, 2002 -- "(bin Laden)
had committed no crime against America, so I did not bring him here because we
had no basis on which to hold him." Luckily, after 9/11, we can get him on that
Although Clinton made the criminal justice system the entire U.S.
counterterrorism strategy, there was not even an indictment filed after the
bombing of either Khobar Towers (1996) or the USS Cole (2000). Indictments were
not filed until after Bush/Ashcroft came into office.
Only in 1998 did the Clinton-haters ("normal people") force Clinton into a
military response. Solely because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Clinton
finally lobbed a few bombs in the general direction of Saddam Hussein and Osama
In August 1998, three days after Clinton admitted to the nation that he did
in fact have "sex with that woman," he bombed Afghanistan and Sudan, doing about
as much damage as another Clinton fusillade did to a blue Gap dress.
The day of Clinton's scheduled impeachment, Dec. 18, 1998, he bombed Iraq.
This accomplished two things: (1) It delayed his impeachment for one day, and
(2) it got a lot of Democrats on record about the monumental danger of Saddam
Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction.
So don't tell me impeachment "distracted" Clinton from his aggressive pursuit
of terrorists. He never would have bombed anyone if it weren't for the
As soon as Clinton was no longer "distracted" by impeachment, he went right
back to doing nothing in response to terrorism. In October 2000, al-Qaida bombed
the USS Cole, killing 17 sailors and nearly sinking the ship.
Clinton did nothing. This is only an abbreviated list of Clinton's surrender
to Islamic savagery. For a president who supposedly stayed up all night
"working" and hated vacations, Clinton sure spent a lot of time sitting around
on his butt while America was being attacked.
According to Rich Miniter, author of "Losing Bin Laden," Clinton's top
national security advisers made the following classic Democrat excuses for doing
nothing in response to the Cole attack:
- Attorney General Janet Reno "thought retaliation might violate international
law and was therefore against it."
- CIA Director George Tenet "wanted more definitive proof that bin Laden was
behind the attack, although he personally thought he was."
- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright "was concerned about the reaction of
world opinion to a retaliation against Muslims and the impact it would have in
the final days of the Clinton Middle East peace process." (How did that turn
out, by the way? Big success, I take it? Everybody over there all friendly with
- Secretary of Defense William Cohen "did not consider the Cole attack
'sufficient provocation' for a military retaliation."
Less than a year after Clinton's final capitulation to Islamic terrorists,
they staged the largest terrorist attack in history on U.S. soil. The Sept. 11
attack, planning for which began in the '90s, followed eight months of President
Bush -- but eight years of Bill Clinton.
Clinton's own campaign adviser on Iraq, Laurie Mylroie, says Clinton and his
advisers are "most culpable" for the intelligence failure that allowed 9/11 to
Now, after five years of no terrorist attacks in America, Democrats are
hoping we'll forget the consequences of the Democrat strategy of doing nothing
in response to terrorism and abandon the Bush policies that have kept this
nation safe since 9/11. But first, they need to rewrite history.
Ann Coulter is Legal
Affairs Correspondent for HUMAN EVENTS and author of "High
Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Slander,"
Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)," and most recently, "Godless."